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Ray Koch

For most people, going to college in a new city where you don’t know anyone can be a daunting thought, but for sophomore tennis athlete Rylee Tucker it was exactly what she wanted.

“My first year was a lot of fun. I liked being in a new place where I didn’t know anyone coming into it.”

As a freshman last year, Tucker was a key attribute to a young Maverick squad. Off the court, Tucker and seven other teammates earned ITA Scholar Athlete Awards for the year. The award requires one to letter in a collegiate sport for a year and maintain a GPA average of 3.5 or above.

“It takes a lot of commitment to stay on top of school and tennis at the same time,” says Tucker.

When she first arrived on campus, she learned that she would have to manage her time. “The first semester was a little difficult; I would only go to class and practice, and spend my free time studying,” she says. As a biology major with aspirations of being a pediatrician, Tucker says that this award was something for which she worked hard.

“It was a great accomplishment for me to be an ITA Scholar Athlete because I knew I had worked so hard for it.”

Despite her early accomplishments, Tucker has her aim set on improving the team’s 6-16 record. “This year I really want to improve my game and have a better record, and help my team get more wins this season,” she says.

We will have to wait until spring to see Tucker and the rest of the tennis team compete on the court, but make no mistake—they will be competing all fall in the classroom.

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Ray Koch

Tickets to University of Nebraska at Omaha sporting events are free for students with the use of their MavCARD. So, why should freshmen attend the games?


“It’s a great atmosphere to make friends in because everyone is so upbeat and excited to be there. It’s also a good way to blow off steam or take a break from homework in a healthy and fun way.”
Ashley Ortmeier, sophomore education major









“I love the competitive nature of our teams. I usually go to basketball or soccer games, but when I have time, I go to hockey games. They are the rowdiest.”
Hilario Mendez, sophomore computer science major









“My favorite part of attending UNO hockey games is how pumped up and rowdy our student section gets to support our hockey team. In the back of the stu-dent section there are big makeshift drums that beat along with the chants we shout.”
Mikala Hunt, senior biology major







“It’s fun and empowering when you’re able to be in a group and you’re all cheering for the same thing. It’s more than just a person or an athlete that’s on the team. It’s for a symbol that the university stands for.”
Joe Hagerty, master’s degree student







“I like UNO games because they give me a chance to represent my school and a chance to cheer on the Mavs to victory.”
Jacob Marsh, junior architectural engineering major







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Ray Koch

After upsetting Western Michigan in the first game of a best-of-three series in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs, the Broncos stormed back and won the next two games to take the series against the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks, ending their season.

The Mavericks’ Ortega-Vesel combination had one last goal combination for Omaha. In the first period, Austin Ortega slipped a pass to Tyler Vesel, who slapped it in the open net at 6:31 in the first period.

Tied 1-1 in OT, Michael Rebry of Western Michigan scored 34 seconds into the sudden death period, squandering hopes of UNO reaching it’s first ever NCHC quarterfinal. The goal was scored when Rebry shot a backhander between the legs of Mavs goalie Evan Weninger.

The Mavericks finished the season with a record of 17-17-5. Ian Brady, Austin Ortega, and Justin Parizek, all seniors, played their last game as a member of the UNO hockey team. Ortega finished his career fourth all-time in scoring at UNO with 129 points and second in goals, with 70. Brady finished his career third all-time for a defenseman with 77 points.